Quick and Easy Ways to Afford to Have More Fun with Friends and Family


Author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson was quoted as saying you should arrive at the end of your life journey and be able to say “Wow! What a Ride!”.

Having more fun with friends and family will help fulfill that aim. Even when you have to watch your budget, you can still find plenty of ways to enjoy some fun and affordable days and nights out.

Here is a look at strategies for getting discounted tickets to concerts and sporting events, how you can enjoy some inexpensive outdoor fun also, see how to earn regular discounts and deals if you have served in the military or have union membership.

There is nothing like the real thing

Nothing compares to seeing your favorite artist live or witnessing a big sporting event as it unfolds in front of your eyes. If you want to enjoy some amazing and unique enjoyment, get your hands on some cheap concert tickets. It has never been easier to find tickets to great shows and sporting events. You don’t even have to queue for hours on the phone or stand in line to get to the front of the ticket booth. The internet has made it much easier to find the tickets you want at a price that won’t bust the bank balance.

Being able to shop online allows you to check and compare prices quickly and easily. This means that you won’t normally pay more than necessary for your tickets. It also guarantees a great memory shared with family and friends as there is nothing like the real thing.

Check out pre-sale ticket deals

Credit cards could provide a route to some sought-after tickets at decent prices. It is always worth signing up for their newsletter. Also, confirm what sort of membership level benefits are open to you as a cardholder.

You might find that the card company has access to some pre-sale ticket deals. Your membership rewards could qualify you to get some hot tickets at a decent price. You might even qualify for some free deals.

Keep an eye on these deals arriving in your inbox or via a text message. You may even get the opportunity to see a concert or sporting event at a heavily discounted price.

Quick and Easy Ways to Afford to Have More Fun with Friends and Family

Enjoy the great outdoors

If you are looking for an inexpensive activity that can be enjoyed with a group of either friends or family, camping ticks all the right boxes.

If you already have all the camping gear, you can head off for a weekend of hiking and socializing. This won’t cost a lot in comparison to the fun and enjoyment you can have. Even if you have to hire what you need, sharing the cost amongst a number of you ensures that a camping trip won’t cost you a fortune.

It is worth remembering that you can go hiking or spend a day on the beach for free. This means you don’t need to spend much at all to enjoy the great outdoors.

Recognizing the value of military service

If you or a family member has served their country, it makes sense to get the most out of your military ID. You can find a whole host of special deals and discounts on offer for military service members and their families.

One way of checking out what is on offer would be to visit the local Morale, Welfare and Recreation office or look online to see the recreation and leisure programs available.

Your service is recognized in many ways. This includes access to cheap deals on leisure parks and entertainment venues. You can also get tickets to a range of different sporting and other events. You should be able to get discounts on virtually anything, from a night of bowling fun with your family to some dining options. All these activities offer the potential of discounts in recognition of your military service.

Union discounts

Another option that is well worth exploring is labor union member benefits.

If you are a current or retired labor union worker, there are discounts and deals available. You should find a comprehensive list of benefits available. These can include access to entertainment and leisure activities at discounted rates.

Affordable family fun and entertainment is within reach of many of us, you just need to know how to get the discounts and find tickets at the right price. There is no need to break the bank to be able to get home at the end of a great day out and say Wow! That was fun!


Sophia Sharp writes lifestyle articles. She is a stay-at-home Mommy with 4 young kids under her feet. Budgeting plays a big part in Sophia's life and she enjoys sharing some money saving tips as well as parenting and lifestyle tips in her articles.

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  1. getting outside is my ultimate activity to have fun on the cheap! The great thing is that my kids have grown up with the idea that free days out are normal and will choose them over more expensive options now!

  2. Hey Laura,

    Thanks for these great tips.

    Hubby and I are avid travelers. We are both from South Africa but met in London 17 years ago. We did a lot of travel when we lived abroad, but we’re back in South Africa now. And we’re developed a wanderlust for exploring our own country. We’ve discovered there’s nothing better than chucking all our camping gear in the back of the truck (we call it a bakkie in South Africa), loading our dogs and hitting the road to rough-it somewhere!

    We’ve found camping to be the most affordable way to see the beautiful country landscape. From the Skeleton coast to Namakwaland to the Cango Caves.

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